The top largest universities in South Africa include the Unisa, North-West University, University of Pretoria, Tshwane University of Technology, among others.

The University of South Africa, also known as Unisa, is the largest and oldest university in South Africa and one of the largest distance education institutions in the world. It is Africa's leading distance learning institution nurturing inspiring leaders of tomorrow, offering a range of internationally accredited qualifications.

North-West University (NWU) is one of the largest universities in the country. NWU is recognized as one of the best-managed and most innovative universities in South Africa, offering students an exceptionally rich range of study choices at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The University's researchers have won numerous national and international awards for their work.

The University of Pretoria (UP) is the largest residential university in South Africa. In 1996, UP became the university with the highest research output in the country. It is highly regarded as the leading research university in the country and has a number of campuses as well as other sites of operation, such as the Pretoria Academic Hospital. Central administration is located at the Hatfield campus.

Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) is by far the largest residential higher education institution in Southern Africa. According to the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, TUT is the leading university of technology in Africa and ranked 25th overall of all higher education institutions on the continent.

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek